‘At a tragic impasse’: White House and Pelosi call to discuss stimulus checks and extra unemployment goes nowhere

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On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows spoke to discuss another coronavirus stimulus package.

But the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement for a broad stimulus package. Both parties would like such a bill to include items like a second round of stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits, and another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

“[We’re] at a tragic impasse,” Pelosi told reporters after the phone call with Meadows. She told Bloomberg Democrats offered to come down from their request for $3.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion—the same size as the CARES Act passed in March—but Meadows rejected that offer.

It’s unclear if the White House has increased its offer of $1 trillion, which it made earlier this month. … Read More

Kamala Harris condemns looting, violence in wake of police shooting By Reuters

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© Reuters. Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris delivers campaign speech in Washington

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(Reuters) – U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris on Thursday denounced the looting and acts of violence that followed the police shooting of a Black man, as Republicans sought to paint the two Democrats as weak on crime.

Hoping to win a second term in November and trailing Biden in opinion polls, President Donald Trump has used this week’s Republican National Convention to promise a “law and order” response to protests against racial injustice.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, relative calm returned after multiple nights of looting and two violent deaths in response to an officer who on Sunday fired seven shots at the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, paralyzing him.

Harris, a U.S. senator who previously served as California’s attorney general, said she supported peaceful protesters.

“We should not confuse them with

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